This Day in Yankees History

December 18, 2007 – Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens denies having used steroids in a statement released through his attorney, Randy Hendricks. In the Mitchell Report his former trainer Brian McNamee admitted to injecting Clemens with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times while he was a member of the Blue Jays and Yankees.

roger-clemensAfter years of quiet speculation not many believed Clemens who remained a dominant power pitcher almost up until he retired even though he was pitching at the age of 44. Even at the age of 42, Clemens was able to post an unreal ERA of 1.87.

McNamee also claimed to have injected Clemens’ friend and teammate from 1999-2006, Andy Pettitte at least once. When Pettitte admitted to the charge it made Clemen’s plea of innocence seem even more bogus.

From 1999 till 2003, Clemens pitched in 157 games for the Yankees with a record of 77-36 and an ERA of 3.99. He also struck out 946 batters and walked 367 in 1004 innings. He returned to the Yankees in 2007 and pitched with mixed results going 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA. He was mostly bad, but at time he could be dominant even at the end.

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